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CNN
Nov 7, 2012 7:00pm PST
does paul ryan play in all of this. he's pretty far out there a national figure, said no new taxes and john boehner will have to try and lead some compromises in his own caucus with a new national leader. >> do you see compromise as possible? because of the fiscal cliff. >> here is the thing. in the olden days when i covered the congress, i used to say, they will end up doing the right thick. i no longer think that. i now believe they could all retreat into their corners, only thing that gives me hope it's in their own self-interest to get this done. >> it's in everyone's self interest. david, as you survey the landscape of the incoming congress, any likelihood that members will be able to come together, work with the president on immigration reform, climate change, tax reform, entitlement reform? >> i do, anderson. i'm increasingly optimistic we won't go over the fiscal cliff. the sharp drop in the markets today send a clear signal to congress and the president that you guys better not let us do this. that you will throw us into a recession next year. barack obama doesn't have to run
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 5:00pm PST
question is what role does paul ryan play in all of this. he is a national figure and said no new taxes and john boehner is going to have to try and lead compromises in his caucus. >> do you see the prom prcompro possible? >> here is the thing. in the olden days i used to say, you know what they are going to end up doing the wrong thing. i know longer think that. i believe they could retreat into their corners. it is into their self interest to get things done. as you looked at the landscape, do you see any likelihood that members will be able to come together and work on climate change and tax reform? >> i do. i'm opt miss triimistic that we go over the fiscal cliff that you better not let us do this that you are going to throw us into a recession next year. they are not crazy. they will act out of some sense of the national interest here. you have to be careful not to isolate the question of tax hikes on the wealthy. you need to put that question into a broader framework. how do we raise revenues. and how do we get spending down through entitlement reform. if the republicans are able
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 6:00pm PST
? >> i thought paul ryan was a big risk as a vp. without he have been more su successful if he had gone for somebody else? >> that is sectiond guessing i don't know. instead of getting 27% of the latino vote, you may have gotten 25 or 40. the facts are we didn't make it. he have a good person, smart guy. who would you like to see in 16 of all of the current candidates? >> i'll tell you, who is the kinder person? jeb bush? >> can i bush do it again? i don't know. >> maybe against a clinton. >> what i want more than anything is to bring this thing together. i want you to ask people about the regulatory wall. if we don't get natural gas and oil out there. we have a chance to make this the american century. if we have are the low cost energy producer in the world. america can have it. i've said before, this is the internet of this century now. it is a huge opportunity. we are in the first inning. >> well, great to talk to you. thank you for coming in. you volunteered yourself good to see you again. when we come back, latest from the storm zone and corey booker. and on the president's electi
CNN
Nov 13, 2012 9:00pm PST
you by surprise. >> paul ryan on why he and mitt romney lost to president obama last tuesday. big defeat for the gop. how can the party get back on track? with me is virginia governor bob mcdonnell, chairman of the governors association. governor, welcome to you. >> thanks for having me on. >> paul ryan looked shell-shocked, all the polling looked good and wow, all these people came out for president obama. was it really that big a surprise? every poll i was looking at in the last few weeks had obama ahead by two or three points. >> piers, we were very optimistic heading into that -- heading into that final week or two. i thought mitt romney after that first debate had really convinced the american people that he was the right leader, they had the right ideas to build up the middle class, to get us out of debt and back to work, and i thought the prevailing wisdom was if we were closer, within a point going into election day which many of the polls had, particularly in virginia, that the momentum on our side and the enthusiasm would carry the day. wasn't so. democrats did a great j
CNN
Nov 13, 2012 10:00pm PST
tonight as well. >>> paul ryan is sharing his thoughts on why he and mitt romney lost the election. you might be interested to hear his thoughts on why they lost. liberal critics are slamming what he's saying. he says higher turnout made the difference. is it simple as he's suggesting? americans believe they should be in charge of their own future. how they'll live tomorrow. for more than 116 years, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want. where they want. doing what they want. ameriprise. the strength of a leader in retirement planning. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you one-to-one. together for your future. ♪ bp has paid overthe people of bp twenty-threeitment to the gulf. billion dollars together for your future. to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working
CNN
Nov 9, 2012 12:00am PST
hindsight was paul ryan the wrong pick as his v.p. choice? in the sense that you just had another middle class white guy and it maybe just sent the wrong image to american voters about what the party now represented. >> well, you know, of course there's, as we look to the future, we want to improve upon these results, the face of the country is changing. i think paul ryan is a remarkable leader. he was a terrific pick and did a great job but as the country continues to change, i think you're going to see the next generation of leaders on the republican side emerge. >> the key battle now for barack obama in his second term will be how does he get some kind of bipartisan momentum going, particularly on the economy and this is your wheelhouse right now. you've got some pretty firm ideas about how to prevent the fiscal cliff becoming a reality. tell me about that. >> well, we need to avoid the fiscal cliff. as the nonpartisan congressional budget office said, it will reduce gdp by almost 3% and keep in mind it's only 2% now so that means going negative, going back to recession. they p
CNN
Nov 10, 2012 3:00pm PST
up on this show and this one, this one and this one. republicans? paul ryan ran for president once, according to mitt romney. >> joining me in welcoming the next president of the united states, paul ryan. >> reporter: we just learned that florida's marco rubio will coincidentally be headlining a birthday celebration for the iowa governor in altoona. don't be surprised if you see bobby jindal take a ski trip to new hampshire or chris christie with a time share in south carolina and there are others. so many others. there are still a great many twists and turns and unknowns, but one thing about 2016 seems fairly certain, they'll still be counting ballots in florida from this time. john burman, cnn, new york. >> for political news junkies like me i can't wait, already looking forward to the iowa caucuses. >>> jeanne moos has been combing through hours and hours of election coverage. up next she'll show us some of the most unusual moments. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. so does aarp, serving americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surpri
CNN
Nov 10, 2012 9:00am PST
congratulated him and paul ryan on a hard fought campaign. >> reporter: with the 2012 election barely in the rearview mirror, we're already thinking about the next road to the white house. marco rubio heads to iowa next weekend to headline a republican event. does the popular gop senator from florida have designs on running for the next republican nomination? a source close to rubio says that kind of talk is way too premature. but ads about the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, it's always good to have friends in iowa. rubio is just one name in a large list of republicans who may consider runs for the white house. they include governors chris christie of new jersey, bob mcdonald and scott walker of wisconsin, ran paul of kentucky and john thune of south dakota, jeb bush of florida, former senator rick santorum who battled mitt romney deep into the primary, former governor mike huckabee who ran for president four years ago and the past two republican running mates, congressman paul ryan and former alaska governor sarah palin. as for the democrats, the vice pre
CNN
Nov 11, 2012 5:00am PST
to governor romney, and i congratulated him and paul ryan on a hard fought campaign. >> reporter: with the 2012 election barely in the rearview mirror, we're already thinking about the next road to the white house. marco rubio heads to iowa next weekend to headline a republican event. does the popular gop senator from florida have designs on running for the next republican nomination? a source close to rubio says that kind of talk is way too premature, but adds about the state that kicks off the caucus, it's always good to have friends in iowa. senators ran paul of kentucky and john thune of south dakota, former governor jeb bush of florida and rick santorum who battled mitt romney deep into this year's primaries. former governor mike hucka bewho ran for president four years ago and the past two republican running mates congressman paul ryan and sarah palin. as for the democrats, the vice president keeps dropping hints of running again for president. even though she keeps saying no to running, there are tons of democrats that hope she'll eventually say yes. as for new names keep
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 2:00am PST
. >> was that the campaign paul ryan would have run? >> oh, zbogosh, you know, i thi when you join a ticket three months out, you join somebody's campaign. i was really impressed with the way that mitt and ann brought us into the fold. so i was very encouraged by that. i really enjoyed it. and i wanted to run a big campaign on ideas. we did that. >> the, oh, gosh, part there. also in the abc interview, ryan said there's a silver lining to losing, which is more time with his kids. >> just this last weekend i got to go to both of my boys' basketball games, i got to go to two of my daughters' volleyball games. >> so there's an upside to losing? >> we are a very close family. >> ryan said his kids are relieved they won't have to move and change schools. in other interviews, ryan has raised eyebrows because he attributed the obama victory in a rise in the urban vote. >> it is nice to see that's what they focus on now, the fact to spend time with the family and the kids say, oh, thank goodness, right? >>> 38 minutes past the hour. temper flaring, people slivering, still heads are rolling a
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 4:00am PST
. we need solutions and not sequestration. >> jonathan karl did an interview with paul ryan and what paul ryan said in this is essentially that, that the president doesn't have a mandate. karl said he won some 300 some electoral votes, every battleground state except for north carolina. does president obama have a mandate and, and he said no, i don't think so. because then nancy pelosi would be in charge of the house of representatives. and she's not. do you think that he's got a point? >> you know what has a mandate? solutions have a han date. this election was about solutions. people are tired of the gridlock. they're tired of a congress that spent more time trying to shut down planned parenthoods and open up small business. compromise has a mandate. we go into a new session of congress and towards this fiscal cliff, again, having stated we want compromise. we want solutions. we want -- and by the way, in this election, most of the tea party generals, you know, the icons of the tea party, they ended up getting defeated in this election. so that's the mandate we have. >> so let's ta
CNN
Nov 13, 2012 5:00pm PST
right now. do you think there's more to this story? i'll be tweeting tonight as well. >>> paul ryans sharing his thoughts on why he and mitt romney lost the election. you might be interested to hear his thoughts on why they lost. liberal critics are slamming what he's saying. he says higher turnout made the difference. is it simple as he's suggesting? [ male announcer ] coughequence™ #8. waking the baby. [ coughs ] [ baby crying ] ♪ [ male announcer ] robitussin® liquid formula soothes your throat on contact and the active ingredient relieves your cough. robitussin®. don't suffer the coughequences™. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. do you churn your own butter too? what? this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier sure does who are you? [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. five delicious cooking sauces you combine with fresh ingredients to make amazing home-cooked meals. ♪ ambiance [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. your head-start to home cooked. part of a whole new line of tablets from dell. it's changi
CNN
Nov 13, 2012 7:00pm PST
as well. >>> paul ryan is sharing his thoughts on why he and mitt romney lost the election. you might be interested to hear his thoughts on why they lost. liberal critics are slamming what he's saying. he says higher turnout made the difference. is it simple as he's suggesting? [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people, like you, are choosing advil® because it helps you keep doing what you love. no wonder it's america's #1 selling pain reliever. you took action, you took advil®. and we thank you. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. do you churn your own butter too? what? this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier sure does who are you? [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. five delicious cooking sauces you combine with fresh ingredients to make amazing home-cooked meals. ♪ ambiance [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. your head-start to home cooked. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times.
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 1:00am PST
more to this story? i'll be tweeting tonight as well. >>> paul ryan is sharing his thoughts on why he and mitt romney lost the election. you might be interested to hear his thoughts on why they lost. liberal critics are slamming what he's saying. he says higher turnout made the difference. is it as simple as he's suggesting? we're keeping him honest. >>> welcome back. another keeping them honest report tonight. mitt romney's running mate, paul ryan, is making the interviews rounds, giving his take on why he thinks his ticket lost the election. here's what he told a local television station in his hometown, janesville, wisconsin, on why romney lost to obama. >> the reports that you and governor romney and your wives were shocked by the results that were coming in. true? >> it is true. yeah. the polling we had, the numbers we were looking at looked like we stood a pretty good chance of winning, so when the numbers came in going the other direction, when we saw the kind of turnout that was occurring in urban areas which were really fairly unprecedented, it did come as a bit of a shock. t
CNN
Nov 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
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CNN
Nov 8, 2012 7:00pm PST
been an even bigger loss for the tea party. after all, paul ryan, a tea party favorite, couldn't deliver his own state of wisconsin for his ticket. he will return to his house seat to serve an eighth term. many tea party members kept their house seats as well but they didn't increase their ranks on tuesday, and they lost two very winnable senate races. it's a pretty big contrast to the splash they made in the 2010 midterm elections and the muscle they flexed throughout the prime aries. here's gary tuchman. >> reporter: this is not the scene most supporters of the tea party envisioned or desired. barack obama was supposed to be a one term president. >> liberty, yes. obama care, no. liberty, yes. obama care, no. >> reporter: a primary mission of the tea party, get the government out of people's lives. there was even an african-american led chapter in south-central l.a. complete with a sign at one rally that read tea party supports mlk's dream. >> i see today that fidel castro likes obama care but we don't like obama care. doesn't that kind of tell you something? >> reporter: there
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 1:00pm PST
this one. and republicans, paul ryan already ran for president once, according to mitt romney. >> join me in welcoming the next president of the united states, paul ryan. >> reporter: we learned today that florida's marco rubio will coincidentally be highlighting a party and don't be surprised if you see bobby jindal take a ski trip to new hampshire. and, of course, there are others. so many others. it's never too early to dream. there are still a great many twists and turns and unknowns, but one thing about 2016 seems fairly certain. they'll still be counting ballots in florida from this time. john berman, cnn, new york. >>> let's talk about all of this right now joining us rick spangle, our corporate sibling out there. great new issue, rick. you have a lot of buzz. would you call the class of 2016 yet a "time" photographer take some shots and portraits of potential candidates. let's talk about the buzz matchup for 2016. hillary clinton and jeb bush. look at those portraits. very nice portraits. >> yes, indeed. and, of course, neither person has declared, wolf, and the politi
CNN
Nov 13, 2012 2:00am PST
. >> paul ryan says losing in last week's election was a foreign experience. but in his first interview since his failed vice-presidential bid, he said he is not dwelling on it. >> i really have no regrets at all. it was an honor to be on this ticket. it's an honor that comes to very few people. it was a well-run campaign. we made this campaign about big ideas and big issues which is the kind of campaign we wanted to run. so we ran the kind of campaign we wanted to run. it just wasn't enough at the end of the day. we have to accept that. >> ryan says president obama's re-election campaign did a better job of getting the voters to the polls and won fair and square. >>> four time nascar chapelon jeff gordon has been fined $100,000 and docked 25 points for intentionally wrecking clint boyer in phoenix sunday. that move sparked that right there, a crazy brawl between crews moments later in the garage area. gordon avoided suspension and will be able to compete in the final race and the chase for the sprint cup. >> all right. 37 minutes half the hour right now. cold, hungry and just
CNN
Nov 13, 2012 4:00am PST
congressman paul ryan says losing last week's election was quote, a foreign experience. but, in his first interview since his failed vp bid he said he's not dwelling on it. >> i really have no regrets at all. it was an honor to be on this ticket. it's an honor that comes to very few people. it was a well-run campaign. we made this campaign about big ideas and big issues. which is the kind of campaign we wanted to run. so we ran the kind of campaign we wanted to run. it just wasn't enough at the end of the day and we just have to accept that. >> ryan says president obama's re-election campaign did a better job of getting voters to the polls. and he says they won fair and square. >> that was an interesting interview. interesting to see that. all right, thank you, john. appreciate it. still ahead this morning on "starting point," going to have more on those breaking news stories. two major u.s. leaders caught up in a sex scandal. the investigation began months ago in the summer so why did the fbi not tell congress any earlier? we're going to be chatting with jason chaffetz, he's a memb
CNN
Nov 11, 2012 3:00am PST
. >> i just spoke with governor romney, and i congratulated him and paul ryan on a hard-fought campaign. >> with the 2012 campaign barely in the rear view mirror, we're already talking about the next president in the white house. does the popular gop senator in florida have designs on running for the next republican nomination. a source close says that's way too premature. but it's always good to have friends in iowa. rubio's just one name in a large list of republicans who may consider runs for the white house. they include governor chris christie of new jersey, body mcdonald of virginia, bobby jindal of louisiana and scott walker of wisconsin. senators rand paul of kentucky and john thune of south dakota, former governor jeb bush of florida, former senator rick santorum. former governor mike huckabee who ran for president four years ago and the past two republican running mates, congressman paul ryan and former alaska governor sarah palin. as for the democrats the vice president keeps dropping hints of running again for president. here's joe biden from election day. >> are yo
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 9:00pm PST
paul ryan was a big risk as a vp. it didn't cover any other base, any other demographic. would he have been bolder and braver, had he gone for marco rubio or condoleezza rice? somebody a bit different from paul ryan, he looked like a younger version of mitt romney? >> you know, that's second guessing and i don't know. >> the vice president won his home state. >> he's been a district guy, if you will. >> in hindsight, marco rubio may have gotten -- instead of getting 27% of the latino vote, you may have gotten 35 or 40. you still may not have made it. the facts are, we didn't make it. and we had as good a candidate as we're going to -- surely the best candidate in the field. we have a good guy, a good person. a smart guy -- >> who would you like to see in '16 of all the current candidates? >> i'll tell you -- in about 48 hours. >> who's the kind of person? >> marco rubio is an appealing guy. i think he's a centrist. he can deal with changing demographics. >> jeb bush? >> can a bush do it again? i don't know if the country's ready for a third bush. >> maybe against a clinton? >> may
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 8:00pm PST
mitt romney agreed on, right? you can assure that if mitt romney and paul ryan had won, they'd say they have a mandate r for imposing the ryan romney budget. the president talked about this issue. he says we need to ask higher income individuals to pay more to generate revenue, as part of the solution. part of the solution along with cuts, to reducing the deficit, so it's not as if this hasn't been an important part of the campaign argument. so we'll have to see how this goes. >> i'll look forward the to talking to you more about it. you know what investors are telling me, you got to go about four times bigger. >> i think the framework of the bipartisan commission is right and it would be great if our republican colleagues would adopt that. people like grover norquist have said that's just a subterfuge to raise taxes on the american people when in fact, it's a balanced approach to getting the job done. >> still to come, the keys to victory. how the president won and the voters who turned against the republican party. tonight, there are warning signs for both sides. john king at the
CNN
Nov 15, 2012 6:00am PST
>>> and we are out of time. big thank you to our panel. thank you, stephen, for the t-shirt. i hope your mom's charity does really, really well. cnn "newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >>> the benghazi attack that killed four americans is on the top of the agenda today. congress meets to find out exactly what went wrong. >>> hamas military leader killed in an air strike by the israeli air forces. israelis are using twitter and youtube to show the world. should the government really use social media to help get its message across? talk about a way with words. listen to former mississippi governor republican haley barbour, as he gives blunt and colorful advice to the gop. >> the ground game is really important, and we have to be -- i mean, we've got to give our political organizational activity, you know, a very serious proctology exam. i think that's the only -- >> oh, yeah. and they say twinkies can last forever. but the company that makes them may not last all that long. the baker strike that could turn off the ovens at hostess. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. so far, 16 people in gaza and israel are dead as violence escalates in the middle east. this time it could lead to a new war in that region. over the past 24 hours, palestinian military groups say israel launched more than 75 strikes for warplanes and ships, including the strike your looking at right there, which was actually posted on youtube and twitter. this strike on a car that killed the chief of hamas' military. now the two sides have fired dozens of rockets at one another. israel claims its defending its cities, following ongoing rocket attacks by palestinian militants. israel's military says it's targeting 100 sites across gaza. i know, youf heard this all before. this time it's different. because egypt is not happy with with israel. it's already reached out to president obama and told him, we must put an end to this aggression. sarah seidner is in the region and has the latest for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yes, the number of those who have been killed during this escalation, fighting between gaza and israels had now risen. three people in israel inside an apartment building killed from a rocket attack sent from gaza, from hamas, the government here. we're now learning that 15 people have been killed here in total today, here in gaza, including nine militants, several children and a pregnant woman. what's happening now is off and on, we are hearing air strikes. again and again across the city, across gaza city and along the gaza strip. we know that there have been more than 196 rockets now that have entered into israel from gaza. we were there this morning when we saw ourselves 15 rockets coming in. some of those rockets being knocked down by the iron dome system, but some of them obviously making it to the civilian population. israel saying as long as those rockets keep coming into israel, targeting its civilians, the military will respond. and so far they have responded in a big way. we've been seeing huge plumes of smoke over the past few hours here in gaza and we do know that two more people have been killed here. carol? >> i want to talk more about egypt to make people understand this. egy egypt's leader is part of the muslim brotherhood, clearly on the palestinian side. mohamed morsi reaching out to president obama and saying, we consider this an act of aggression on israel's part. and this must stop. how does this endanger the entire region now that egypt's sort of been sucked into all of this? >> reporter: well, everyone here knew that the arab spring really changed things here. and now that you're seeing the leadership in egypt starting to make maneuvers -- everybody was waiting to see how that leadership was going to act towards israel. as you know, they've had a peace treaty for dozens of years. when morsi got into power, he said he would leave the peace treaty alone. however it gives you some idea of how things are changing. there certainly is concern on israel's part. they certainly do not want to be at war with a bunch of different people, surrounded by different countries, that they do not git along with. they already have deteriorating relation with his turkey and now you're seeing egypt. we know for a fact that egypt pulled its ambassador to israel out of israel yesterday when all of this started, when more and more of the attacks started happening and air strikes. and after the death of hamas' military wing commander here, after he was killed. so this is a troubling sign, certainly for israel, but also for some of the other countries in the region. >> sarah sidner, reporting live from gaza city this morning. >>> back here in our country, david petraeus will testify tomorrow in front of a closed door congressional hearing on the benghazi attacks, agreed to voluntarily address questions. kyra phillips talked with general petraeus. the general says he never shared classified information with his mistress, paula broadwell. of course, as you know, she is at the epicenter of this scandal. new this is morning she is not likely to face charges. fbi agents raided her home, taking computers and other documents earlier this week. finally, we now know the identity of the fbi agent who first investigated the whole mess. by now you probably know him as the shirtless agent, the guy who sent a shirtless photo to jill kelly, the other woman involved in this mess. fbi agents name is frederick humphries, over those supposedly harassing e-mails now linked to paula broadwell. hope you got that. >>> controversy over benghazi, as you know, has reached a boiling point, though. yesterday at his first press conference, being row elected, president obama has strong words for anyone who blames u.s. -- united nations ambassador susan rice for the benghazi response. here is what the president said. >> as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> okay. so it took senator john mccain about an hour to make it to the s senate floor to offer a response. >> that statement is really remarkable in that if the president thinks that we are picking on people, he really does not have any idea of how serious this issue is. >> seems like the testosterone-fueled rhetoric over benghazi is sort of getting out of control. former cia operative bob behr joins us this morning. good morning, bob. >> good morning. >> i want to make it clear to our viewers what lawmakers want to figure out. there are three separate hearings about to take place today. this is what they're trying to figure out. one, why didn't the united states increase security in libya? two, did the obama administration try to mislead people as to the nature of the attack? and, three, did the administration deny pleas from our people at the consulate for help? let's start with the first. why didn't -- why didn't -- why wasn't there more security in libya previous -- previous to these attacks? >> well, first of all, assessments from the ground apparently were not getting back to washington, were not getting high enough. that compound was under surveillance by the local services. benghazi itself is a jungle. all sorts of islamic groups. somebody should have raised the red flag early on and either fortified that consulate or simply closed it. somebody made a mistake. i don't know who that was, whether it was the state department or the cia or the combination of the two. but they probably, in the loit of today, they should have pu pulled out a long time ago and run all these operations -- >> just going on to topic number two, did the obama administration try to mislead us as to the nature of the attack? we all heard what susan rice said. republicans say she tried to pin this all on that terrible video that came out, that anti-muslim video, when she knew at the time it was something more. you've heard all the rumors flying around. what do you think? >> well, first of all, susan rice -- maybe she was misinformed. maybe she's getting unfairly blamed. maybe the cia sent a bad assessment to her. maybe the state department did. that's the kind of question they're going to ask david petraeus. but here is the problem with bengha benghazi. it was a huge cia base. and what were they doing down there? were they simply buying up arms off the local market, surface to air missiles? even some are arguing that this attack on september 11th had something to do with an arms deal that went bad and there are rumor that is possibly this cia unit or somebody down there was buy i buying arms to send to syria. i frankly discount them all. i see no evidence of it. somebody has to give us the answers. this is why this controversy is carried on so long because there's absolutely no clarity. we, as americans, want to know why four american diplomats were killed. >> let's specifically -- there is word that the people on the ground in benghazi, libya, cried out for help and help did not come. >> i think it's clear that the ambassador, who was murdered, did express doubts to washington about the security. there was no backup. the problem is, if there was a seven-hour gun battle for that consulate, that's not fast enough for the pentagon to react. it just isn't. i've been in those situations. you have to have the pieces in place before you can respond. i've heard the stories about laser designators and they could have called in air support. listen, to use military forces inside an independent country, a volatile one at that, takes, you know, weeks of planning in advance. somebody did drop the ball. but i just don't believe the thing that the military could have responded, could have sent f-16s down there to hit the targets. it takes a long time to set that up. >> when all is said and done, do we have the case of a watergate style cover-up here or do we just need the answers to some questions? >> david petraeus has those answers. he is out of the cia now. if he sits down and tells the truth as he knows it, doesn't shave off the edges, we will get our answers. and congress will, too. we take it from the next step. but somebody, i'm sorry, should be fired for benghazi. should have closed that place down. >> robert baer, former cia operative. thank you so much for joining us today. >>> in the next hour, president obama will head to new york to meet families trying to recover from superstorm sandy. will he visit staten island, one of the hardest hit areas, and take an aerial tour. he will also meet with city officials, first responders and f fema staff. this will be the president's first time touring the region in new york. he he will be joined by new york governor andrew cuomo and mayor michael bloomberg and members of his cabinet. >>> former republican nominee, mitt romney now claiming the president won re-election by giving gifts to after r african-americans, hispanics and younger voters. this is how romney explained his loss in a phone call to some of his top donors. >> the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> those comments aren't sitting well with some republicans, notably former romney surrogate, louisiana governor bobby jindal, who says he absolutely rejects that notion saying it doesn't represent where republicans are as a party. >>> sure we just got done with an election, but warren but havette -- buffet already has his eye on 2016. 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>> it's a pretty surreal experience right now. for many middle east observers we're starting to see another tragic version of groundhog's day, it seems. four years ago, many people will remember there's operation escalation known as the gaza war that killed over 13,000 palestinians and 14 israelis and now with this recent escalation we see both the idf and hamas take to social media, like twitter and are basically livecasting the war in 140 characters or less. >> i know. and on both sides, there is what we heartlessly call collateral damage, as in civilians being injured or killed. i want to give you another example. social media campaign doesn't stop with youtube videos. it's also on twitter. we recommend that no hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders show their faces above ground in the days ahead. i mean, do these terrorists actually read tweets like this? >> you know, it's one of those things, carol, where i think we're losing, you know, the true humanizing toll that this war is taking. you know, the fact that over 16 palestinian civilians have been killed, including the 11-month-old baby of the bbc world news arabic cameraman, three israelis were killed in an apartment building today. this sort of propaganda war on both sides is not conducive, and especially as you mentioned earlier in your broadcast, with an ever-changing landscape in the middle east with protests in jordan, with the ongoing syrian civil war, with assad killing his own people, egypt had an agreement to combat gunmen in the sinai, with turkey's chilling relations with israel. i'm much more concerned about the real missiles falling in the middle east as opposed to the missile in david petraeus' pants that many americans are focused on these days. >> give us a sense, because egypt's president has reached out already to president obama and said -- he used this as an active aggression on israel's part that this must stop. but israel is a great friend of the united states. so should the united states get involved in this latest violence there or just sit back and see what happens? >> well, i think what israel and palestine have proved over and over again they are wholly incapable of reaching a lasting peace solution to the conflict. i think now that president obama has won a second term, he now has the political capital in the second term to forge a foreign policy legacy that he didn't have the political capital to do in his first term. if i were the obama administration, i would appoint bill clinton as a middle east peace envoy. he has credibility both on the israeli street and in the arab world with the camp david accord s and with the clinton global initiative. we, as americans, the united nations has to get involved. we have to send a message to both israel and palestine that there's absolutely no military violence solution to the israeli/palestinian conflict. it can only be a peaceful and political one. >>> today's talk back question, should [ male announcer ] with 160 more miles per tank, the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the new 2013 ram 1500. ♪ with the best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. ♪ guts. glory. ram. . >>> now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, should politicians have a mandatory retirement age? it was a simple question, if you're 27. or maybe those over 50 are way too sensitive. nbc's fresh face luke russert shouted out a question at nancy pelosi's presser and was soundly booed over his age-related queer. >> i some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and will be hurt -- hurts the party in the long term. what's your response? >> discrimination. >> whoa! >> next! next. >> leader pelosi -- >> i guess -- >> whoa! >> you always ask that question except to mitch mcconnell. >> oh, mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader is 70 years old. nancy pelosi is 72. in the world of politics, age is kind of a skewed concept. average age of members of the house is 56. and of senators it's 62. i mean, paul ryan is thought of as a young gun. he's 42. that's eight years shy of being a card-carrying member of the aarp. ronald reagan was 69 when he first ran for president. many worried he was too old for the job until his famous quip during a debate. >> i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> yes, reagan used age to his advantage. but seriously, how old is too old? remember senator strom thurman who commuted from walter reed to the capitol at the age of 100? his aides had to vote for him. of course, this argument isn't limited to the world of politics. ageism rages in the role world, too. how often have you heard those under 30 grumbling about those old guys sucking up all the jobs? so the talk back question of the day, should politicians have a mandatory retirement age? facebook.com/carolcnn. your responses later this hour. still the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road. and now we've also been recognized for lowest total cost of ownership -- based on important things, like depreciation, fuel, and maintenance costs. and now trade up to get a 2012 chevy silverado all-star edition with a total value of $9,000. from outstanding value to standing the test of time, chevy runs deep. bp has paid overthe people of bp twenty-threeitment to the gulf. billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. oh, let me guess --ou see this? 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>> well, you know, i don't know that he should be making comments, period. you know, one of your anchors on this network, john berman, pointed out to me it's traditionally pretty god graces to not talk about the election for some time after it's over if you're the loser of that election. that being said, let's talk about what he actually said. one of my favorite things about this election being over, carol, largely i get to stop answering questions about how things play politically. and i can answer questions whether or not they're intellectually correct or incorrect. what i would say to you is this. what about mitt romney said is incorrect? >> well, let's ask roland. obviously roland would disagree. >> that's real easy, will. that's real easy. first of all, he said that the gifts he gave to minorities, specifically black folks with the affordable care act. last i checked, white people are also covered by the affordable care act. it's not a black thing. that's first. also, here is the other deal. he talked about what hispanics got, young voters got, women got. let me help you when it comes to minorities, will. iowa is a pretty white state. romney lost to obama. maine, really white. vermont, really white. rhode island, very white. ohio, 79% white. in fact, carol, 72% electorate who voted were white. so when romney says oh, minorities got gifts, women got gifts, young voters got gifts, mitt, you wanted to give gifts to the rich. the fact of the matter is that these are americans. these were policies. this is a clueless guy who ignored hispanics, ignored black folks and he paid the price. and thank goodness he lost for stupid comments like this. >> can i respond to that, carol, please? >> absolutely. >> here is the deal. roland is right that mitt romney, if he said -- i'm not sure he said he lost exclusively for these reasons. >> that was a quote. >> hold on, roland. >> that was a quote. >> you point out many areas where this wouldn't have been applicable. this was a quote from mitt romney, with regards to young people, for instance, forgiveness of college loan str tr was a big gift, free contraceptives were very big with college age women. anybody now 26 years of age or younger is going to be part of their parents' plan. we had historic turnout. for example, among young people. are you going to tell me that president obama's policies, many of them, weren't crafted to appeal to certain demographic groups? is that an intellectually honest argument? that president obama didn't create policies he knew would appeal to certain demographic groups and reaped the political benefit? >> uh-oh, roland has his iphone out. >> quote, with regards to african-american voters, obamacare was a huge plus and was highly motivational to african-american voters. you can imagine for somebody making $25,000, $30,000, $35,000 a year, being told you're now going to get free health care, particularly if you don't have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 a family, this is huge. likewise with hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. no, mitt romney, voter suppression by the gop was also the turnout. hispanic and african-americans got free stuff. young voters got free stuff. >> let me argue this less passionately, will. might the word "gift" be exercised from the republican vernacular because people don't understand what they mean by that? >> you get into an area that means much more abstract, was the word gift something people will find offensive? i don't know, carol. possibly. here is the deal. the intellectual analysis of it is not incorrect. and when bobby jindal, for example, tells you that we need to appeal to 100%, not 53%, whether that's because of tone or policy, what he is giving you is a political answer. what conservativism should stand for should be 100% applicable to the entire population, whether or not that's property rights, or first amendment. when you see policies that we just talked about, those that appeal to young voters, women or whatever demographic group, now you're talking about dividing the electorate. >> will -- >> i have to button this up now, guys. i have to button this up, guys. i know a great way to do that. republican haley barbour, former governor of mississippi and also former head of the rnc was talking about the republican ground game. i want to leave this block with his wise words about what republicans need to do. let's listen. >> i mean, we've got to give our political organizational activity, you know, a very serious, uh, proctology exam. >> and with that -- >> teed up for you, roland. do what you will with that. >> no, no. there's enough said. we've got to go. >> call a black doctor or a young doctor. >> i've got to go. we'll take a break. the wheels of progress. seems they haven't been moving much lately. but things are starting to turn around because of business people like you. and regions is here to help. with the experience and service to keep things rolling. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. >>> scoop it out, scoop it out! will cross is something that bob and eye just always dreamed of watching our kids play. he really analyzes the game and plays it well, which is just like his dad. he always dreamed of being a dad. that's kind of all he ever wanted to be. he was gone for about ten months and was training the afghani national police. he came home about 2 1/2 weeks. that was his r & r period. it was awesome. connor had changed so much, so it was really cool to see bubba's reaction to all the new things that connor could do. he really, really, really loved his friends and family. he would do anything for them, even if that meant, you know, paying the ultimate sacrifice. once he was back and he was there for about four days, that's when he was killed by an ied. here, cooper. >> inside. >> yeah, kitty cat doesn't want to come inside. cooper, my little one, he's my little miracle baby. we wanted so badly to have another baby. are you going to wear daddy's hats? 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[ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. >>> 46 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories now. just in to cnn, lawmakers in washington will get their first chance to see firsthand what exactly happened during that deadly attack in benghazi at the consulate. cnn has learned that a closed circuit video recover friday the compound will be shown to lawmakers during hearings today. those hearings, however, are closed to the press. they get underway in 15 minutes. we'll keep you posted as we find out more about this video. david petraeus speaking out about his resignation from the cia. the timing had nothing to do with his scheduled testimony over the benghazi attack. some gop lawmakers speculated he would not testify and suggested it was part of a cover-up. petraeus will testify tomorrow and he also denied leaking top secret information to his mistress. >> he has insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to paula broadwell and as long as i have known him, he has never waivered on classified information ever. and to the best of my knowledge, you know, that has always been -- >> that was hln's kyra phillips, sharing parts of her conversation with david petraeus. >>> if you're drinking five-hour energy drink this morning, you should know it's being investigated to possible links of 13 deaths over the course of four years according to the "new york times," citing fda records n a statement the company says, quote, it's unaware of any deaths proved to be caused by consumption of five-hour energy thanchts twi . >>> that twinkie in your lunch box could be the last for quite some time, hostess in a striking situation with its workers. fear not, fate of the ring ding, some of hostess' most iconic treats could get bought up by other companies at auction. >>> at the start of his first term, president barack obama cited the influence of one of lincoln book -- the influence of one of the many lincoln books out there, "team of rivals" by making his cabinet picks. i'm having trouble speaking this morning. i apologize for that. anyway now that obama is starting off his second term, cast and crew inspired by that same book. a.j. hammer is here to tell us more. >> oscar buzz already. when you are the president and the film's director is steven spielberg, who happens to be one of your biggest supporters you might as well invite the cast over for your own private screening. there are some historians saying this movie isn't totally accurate but the story about a president dealing with his rivals to accomplish something great is something we hope inspires everybody in washington, d.c. >> that warmed my heart. >>> let's go on to something that isn't so warm, though. the popular -- this is so awful. guy fietti, he's getting slammed in "the new york times." >> this is amazing. have you ever seen such a savage review, written entirely as questions, do you remember celebrity chef becoming the target of such scorn, have you ever seen a "new york times" food critic ripping not just the food but the service so brutally with questions like when we hear the words donkey sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about? and were you struck how very far from awesome the awesome pretzel chicken are? would it be surprised to tellfiw the reviewer was looking to make name for himself by rip agout of town chef? and would it surprise. you to learn that while he admits the review has given him things to think about, he stands by his food but my last question i promise you, would you believe that according to "the new york times" public editor, this is the first no star review that this critic, pete wells, has written since he came to the "times" last november or the first time he's called a restaurant poor? can you imagine all that, carol in. >> the answer to every single one of your questions is yes. >> yeah. there you have it. >> marshmallows that taste like fish. that's making me sick. a.j. hammer, thanks so much. >> sure. >>> talk back question this morning. should politicians have a mandatory retirement age? your responses next. should politicians have a mandatory retirement age? this from pamela. not so much age, we need term limits and it should be on the ballot and not voted on by the congress and senate. from donald, as we live longer it's difficult to say when a person's too old. it's up to voters to determine when a person is no longer able to perform the duties of office. this from tes, no age limit, only term limits. from gail, people can suffer from dementia at any age. the bar should be set by honesty and integrity. >> from kate, no to age but yes to term limits. the president can only serve two. why not all elected seats? 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"newsroom" starts now. >>> and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for being with me. the hearings on benghazi expected to begin at any moment. congressional leader are hoping to find out what went wrong when the benghazi consulate was attacked and will get a firsthand account. we have an word this morning lawmakers will see a closed circuit video recovered from the compound, the first comprehensive account of events on the ground. we now know too that david petraeus despite the scandal swirling around him will testify tomorrow at these hearings. he says he didn't resign over the benghazi attacks. he talked with hln's kyra phillips. >> he has said that this has nothing to do with benghazi. and he wants to testify. he will testify. he has maintained to me all ong th this was a personal failing, robin, which as i said, to me, was quite stunning and to many other people. he's not the type of person that i've ever known to fail knowing him as long as i have over the years. so he has made it very clear that this was about an extramarital affair and not over classified information or benghazi. >> and the back and forth over the benghazi affair has practically reached a boiling point. here's president obama from his first press conference since he was re-elected to a second term in office talking about accusations, one of his kbt members deliberately misled the public about the violence in benghazi. >> as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the interrogation that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> uh-huh. susan rice is u.s. ambassador to the united nations and on the president's short list for secretary of state. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is with me now. so it sounded like the president was saying, hey, don't go after my girl. >> you know carol how some relationships have baggage? boy is that true for these old 2008 rivals you could see in the president's demore it changed in that press conference from someone calm and cool to genuining and per.guess what, the same goes for john mccain. when he went to the senate floor very soon after the press conference at the white house and did to respond. listen. >> we believe whoever it is must be held responsible i say to the president of the united states, most importantly, the president of the united states who is commander in chief. who so far, in my view, has not exercised those responsibilities and also not informed the american people of the facts. this president and this administration has either been guilty of colossal incompetent or engaged in a cover-up. neither of which are acceptable to the american people. >> reporter: now, what prompted this unbelievably fiery verbal volley up and down pennsylvania avenue? it was john mccain and his friend lindsey graham vowing to block u.n. ambassador susan rice is she is nominated by the president to be the n-secretary of state. graham said he doesn't trust her because she went on tv after the attack at the u.s. consulate with information he says simply turned out to be false. >> something else i want to ask you about. there are three separate hearings going on on the issue of benghazi. yet, senators mccain and lindsey graham want a watergate style select committee hearing on this affair. what is that, and is it likely to happen? >> they're saying there are too many different committees and disparate committees investigating. they call it stove piping and they want it to be all consolidated into one special select committee. watergate was an example. they also give the example of the 9/11 commission. is that likely to happen? the answer at this point is likely no because even the top republican in congress, house speaker john boehner yesterday threw cold water on it saying he doesn't think it's necessary and the top democrat in the senate says the same thing, and others, as well. i have to tell you something that just happened on capitol hill, and that is our senate producer ted barrett just ran into john mccain and asked about something that we'r
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have spoken, so ♪ >> jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> nothing else to say. >> that's how we're going to end the show. >> erin burnett "outfront" >> erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> "outfront" next, the scandal that brought down david petraeus. we have new details about how fbi investigators stumbled on his affair and is the timing of his resignation add up? plus, who is paula broadwell? the woman at the center of the scandal? tonight, how she became so close with petraeus along with the warning signs that something may have been wrong. and an "outfront" investigation into complaints the red cross is not doing enough to help victims of sandy. are donations getting to the people who need them? let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. tonight, a rescisky affair. there are new questions about the affair that led cia director david petraeus to resign and when did he pose a national security risk. here's what we can tell you now. the affair came to light during an fbi investigation of so-called jealousy e-mail sent by paula broadwell to a woman in tampa named jill kelley. an official confirms to cnn -- to stop sending harassing e-mails to kelley, who along with her husband has known petraeus and their family for more than five years. that couple met the four star general when he was stationed at medil air force base in tampa. a description of the e-mails seems to validate what a friend of petraeus tells us, that petraeus felt broadwell had shown a possessiveness toward him. as to whether she gained any information during her relationship to petraeus, here's something we found. a speech she gave in october of 2006. here's what it had to say. >> had actually had taken a couple of libyan militia members and they think the attack was trying to get those back. still being vetted. >> and knowing about those prisoners being there in the first place, wasn't something you heard about on the news. how did she know? suzanne kelly is our intelligence correspondent and i know you've been reporting on this throughout the day. what are the concerns that broadwell had or has classified information? >> something like that is a perfect example of the problem. you don't really know what her source is on something like that and what she said about the cia holding prisoners in ben gghazi and that prompted the attack there, that's really a bombshell revelation right there. and so you have to wonder, is she gets the information from petraeus because she has better access to him or is it coming from somewhere else? that's the real nature of the problem is trying to figure out where information was coming from and that was one of the things that the fbi focused on early on in their information. did she have classified information and was it inappropriate and they ultimately found, she did not have information that would have warranted any legal action. >> paula, you know her and spoke with her, she told you she was writing another book about david david petraeus. what did you think when she told you she was writing a second book about him? >> well, we spoke at the security forum on the summer and she's very open about talking about her relationship with general petraeus in terms of the access that she had. the first book she had written and very much looking forward to writing the second book, which would be a larger story about his legacy. and we know from people who have worked closely with him in the past, that his legacy was something very important to him. >> and what do you know do you know about david petraeus' relationship with jill kelley, the woman who in a sense started all this because of what had been called harassing e-mails. >> a really interesting twist. the nature of that relationship appears to be a family friend. a government source says that kelley has been known to be on the washington social circuit. it's possible they had socialized here, but source say friends are describing her as feeling like she's an innocent victim in this and that a friend of petraeus' who spoke with him throughout the weekend and also today, erin, says that the general, the retired general has assisted to his friends that he only had one affair. only one other woman. >> suzanne is going to stay with us and let's tackle the big question tonight. who knew who and when about the affair and does the timing of his resignation add up? in the early summer, the fbi began an investigation. the late summer, high level official at the fbi and justice department were notified. that investigators uncovered what appeared to be an affair between petraeus and broadwell. now, according to the "wall street journal," eric holder is among those who were informed. now, october 21st through november 3rd, that's the first time fbi agents interviewed both broadwell and petraeus. then on october 31st -- notified cantor's office. he passed on the concerns to robert mueller. now, on november 2nd, the fbi said there's tho evidence petraeus committed a crime and they rule out charges, then it is election day when james clapper is first informed of the investigation. at 5:00 eastern standard time. he called petraeus and advised him to resign. it wasn't until after the election the president was notified and on november 9th, friday, he accepted the resignation. house and senate bell where she knows leaders are then informed. bob barrows also joins us and bob, let me ask you about this fbi investigation. it began in the early summer. the president was only informed after the election. his director of national intelligence informed at 5:00 on election day. congressional leaders were informed even after the resignation. leon panetta was asked about whether capitol hill should have been notified sooner and said, i want to quote, that's another issue we ought to look at because as former director of the cia and having worked closely with the intelligence committees, you know i believe there is a responsibility to make sure they're informed. did that guy handle this right? >> no. somebody dropped the ball. you never blind side the president. when a senior official in his administration under investigation when e-mails are being read, you inform the white house at a very high level. national security adviser. his council. even the president himself. you always do that. the it's a standing protocall inside the government. never blind side the president. >> do you think part of it had to do with the fact it was petraeus who was involved given the, his reputation and how many people looked up to him, admired him, the cult of petraeus as it's been called? >> fbi hates these sort of thipgs. they don't like to look into affairs. they like to deal in crimes that they can define and in this case, there wasn't a crime. suzanne was absolutely right. when they first saw this, they said, oh, my, stuff is getting leaked out. this woman is out there talking, quoting petraeus in denver, saying if you look at the rest of the transcript, it says david petraeus can't go to the press, but -- so they were probably very worried, so they went ahead with with it, but did not inform the white house as it's been reported, which is a huge mistake. >> talking about what happened in denver when broadwell was referring to libyans being held if libya, for the benghazi attacks, it's possible, right, that she may have had classified information. still, we don't know. >> right, i should also note to you that an intelligence official told us today, just adamant about that being false information. it would be a really big deal because the cia is not really allowed to detain people people. they lost that privilege in 2009, so to say that the cia is holding three people prisoner is huge. it's not like you're just going out there and saying the general likes to run every day. >> bob, what about -- go ahead. >> we have to parse this. the cia, it does not hold prisoners, but that compound in benghazi was more than the cia. there were several contracting groups. the pentagon. there was a military unit in the area at the time. it was not delta forces as reported. but there was a military unit. i've been assured they did not hold prisoners. maybe the libyans picked him up an accused, we just don't know. >> are we not going to get answers on the invest because of th this? some want him to, but -- >> you know, why would the cia have a fire base in benghazi, libya? why was it not better protected? why did we not know that whole base was ringed by al-qaeda related militias and why did this investigation start in the first place because a harassment complaint to the fbi just never goes any way unless it's comarried with another piece of information and we don't have what that is. it's sensitive and that's why we're asking so many questions. >> and we're going to keep asking them until we get answers and bob, thank you very much for taking the time and suzanne as well. still to come, more on the scandal. just who is paula broadwell. and how did she get so close to the director of the cia? plus, an "outfront" investigation into the red cross response to sandy. are the millions of dollars donated to the charity, the ones every time you see online, donate to the red cross, are they getting to victims and how will the president, congress, ignore the cliff. ime of year ag. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. on citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. 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one man getting a lot of attention is erskine bowles. did you ever think your name would be part of pop culture? you are the bowles in simpson bowles. >> better be simpson bowles than bowles simpson since everybody knows him by his initials here in washington. >> so, when you talk about things, sacred cows, untouchables, whatever the word might be, in your proposal, the one paul ryan decided not to back, the one barack obama decided not to back, you had an increase in the federal gasoline tax. caps on mortgage interest. charitable donations and retirement contributions. these were all top choices. you also increased the eligibility age for medicare and social security. reduced benefits for wealthier seniors. some of those things average democrats and republicans say they agree on, other, they loathe them. is there anything that should be untouchable? >> the problems are real, no easy way out. we've got to come up with at least $4 trillion of deficit reduction and that's not the maximum amount we need to do is not even the ideal amount. reduce the deficit in order to stabilize the debt and get it on the path. >> it's interesting you say it that way. it's not the maximum, barely the minimum. bill gross from pimco says 16 trillion, which is not to be negative, but just to say people who think your plan is tough, it's getting us started on this path. it's not solving everything. >> absolutely. he's 100% right. i'd be a lot happier with 5 or 6 trillion because i think that's what we need in order to solve this problem long-term. >> why do you think we can get this done now when for ten years, it's been failure. >> i think this is truly the magic moment. we've got a second term democratic party who is willing to put entitlements op the table. we've got a republican speaker who really gets it, who understands the dangers we face and is willing to put revenue on the table. we've probably got as many as 50 members in the senate, equal number republicans and democrats who are for a ballots plan, but most importantly, what we have, we have this fiscal cliff, this crisis, whicwill really create chaos if we go the fiscal cliff and don't get a deal there after. i'm really worried about that. >> that brings me to something paul krugman wrote. the title is let's not make a deal. nothing bad will happen with the economy if the agreement isn't reached into 2013. so it's time to bargain. the stalemate would hurt republican backers every much as it hurt the rest of the country. as the risk of severe damage grew -- to cut a deal after all. a few months into next year? >> i think that's crazy. you know, why would you bet the country, really put bet the country but going over this fiscal cliff? if we go over this cliff, you'll see another 2 million people lose their jobs. the unemployment rate go up to say 9% and the rate of growth sloweded. we can go and immediately get a deal, that would be okay, but if we go over the cliff and don't get a deal right away, i think you're really going to create an enormous problem. >> now, on revenue, i know as part of plan, you assume bush tax rates would go up, loopholes would close, but is there room for compromise around how we define revenue? that if you were to close a lot of loopholes affecting the wealthy, but not increase the tax rates, would that be a deal you think could be struck or no? >> yes. i think it should be. what we should be concerned about is revenue and making sure revenue comes from the right sources. from people at the upper ends of the tax bracket and i think you can do that, even by raising rates or by broadening the base and simplifying the code and wiping oxford university these expenditures, particularly those w that go to upper income individuals. >> tim geithner's leaving at the end of the year. your name has been floated ferociously and furiously. would you like that job? >> if they'll move the treasury to charlotte i would, otherwise, i think i'm going to stay at home. >> move your domicile? >> i'd have to leave charlotte and i don't want to leave charlotte. i've been married 42 years. lived in the same town as my wife for 22. i think it's time for me to stay home for a while. >> all right, well thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> thank you so much. good to talk to you. >> a man not afraid to mince words and say what he thinks. >>> next, the red cross receiving millions of dollars to help the victims of sandy, but is relief getting to those who need it? plus, how those around petraeus suspected something more than was going on. the warning signs coming up. ♪ [ camera clicks ] ♪ it's hard to resist the craveable nature of a nature valley sweet & salty nut bar. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the market, he goes with people he trusts, which is why he trades with a company that doesn't nickel and dime him with hidden fees. so he can worry about other things, like what the market is doing and being ready, no matter what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. which isn't rocket science. one is for a clean, wedomestic energy future that puts us in control. our abundant natural gas is already saving us money, producing cleaner electricity, putting us to work here in america and supporting wind and solar. though all energy development comes with some risk, we're committed to safely and responsibly producing natural gas. it's not a dream. america's natural gas... putting us in control of our energy future, now. a hybrid? 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where can you find them? how? we found mixed reviews. this woman says the red cross has been suhpesh. >> you know they're here. >> for a church group organizer also helping victims, a different take. steve, as you drive around donating supplies, how much of a red cross presence have you seen? >> very little. i've within talk ibeen talking they're telling us they're trying to get as many people out, but they're stretched very thin. >> the red cross is a huge institution and the leaders say it will cost the organization $100 million by the time all the numbers are in. in its appeals for sandy, the red cross insists every penny goes to storm victims, yet on its website, it says only that donations will go towards storms like sandy. >> let us know what you think of susan's excellent reporting. today, i went out to the rockaway. plus at the center of the david petraeus scandal. who is paula broadwell? how did the two meet and how did she get so close t.o. director of the cia? man: okay, no problem. it's easy to get started; i can help you with the paperwork. um...this green line just appeared on my floor. yeah, that's fidelity helping you reach your financial goals. could you hold on a second? 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exporting energy would help. so would a deal to keep us from falling over the fiscal cliff. and now, our fourth story "outfront." the woman behind the resignation of general david petraeus. tonight, there are growing questions about the 40-year-old biographer of general petraeus. cnn has learned the affair started two months after petraeus took over the cia, back in september of 2011 and ended about four months ago. chris lawrence on who she is. the woman at the heart of this investigation. >> holly petraeus and broadwell were separated by just five seats at david petraeus' confirmation hearing to become cia director. the affair wouldn't begin for another couple of months, but the attraction was there. a long time friend of petraeus says years in the war zone had left him isolated. petraeus didn't have anyone on his level he could talk to candidly, so when paula broadwell came along, quote, he enjoyed her company. she was an attractive gal and shed things in common, but the friend tells cnn, after the affair destroyed his career, he reflected on the relationship and came the realize broadwell may have been obsessed and perhaps felt she was warding off the competition and sending e-mails to petraeus family friend, jill kelley. broadwell is a west point grad like petraeus. she's appeared often on cnn, including several times on this program discussing security issues. >> sure, it's probably a signal, erin, that we do have visibility on what's beginning on on the ground there. >> petraeus cultivated smart, competitive people around him. in high school, she was student council president and value dick t and earn a ph.d. from harvard. she went to afghanistan when he took over the war and some close petraeus staffers couldn't understand why she got such unprecedented access, but headquarters is a cramped cluster of compartments where petraeus had little to know privacy. officials say nothing inappropriate happened while he was still in uniform. she was here in washington celebrating her birthday when this news broke wide open at the end of last week. in fact, one of the last postings on her twitter account is retweeting one of the rules of leadership by david petraeus. >> and i want to bring in three reporters who have been looking into the relationship between paula broadwell and general david petraeus. fred kaplin, he slates war stories columnist and author -- spencer ackerman is senior writer for wired and eli lake, senior national reporter for news week and t"the daily beas." i want to alert you, and spencer, "washington post" has just posted an op-ed by vernon lobe, who co-authored the book with broadwell. the first sentence, my wife says i'm the most coolest person in america. he says he had no idea about the affair even though he worked with her on this book for 16 months. what are you hearing now about when and how this started? >> a lot of what chris mentioned. a lot of people close to petraeus for a long time have found it strange that paula broadwell got to amount of access compared to her thin resu resume. but none really thought or were talking at the time, that there was an inappropriate relationship there. when the announcement came he was resigning, it seemed to ricochet quickly that it was probably mrs. broadwell. >> he writes there was no protege more ardent than broadwell. he talks about himself. he had only one contact. she had all the contact. they had a lot in common. >> she had said they met while she was in grad school at harvard and petraeus came to give a talk and she approached him afterwards, showing great interest. pau petraeus would be interested in cultivating as a possible protege. he was very much into mentoring. he came out of a tradition that social science department which cultivated relationships with with young men, positions for them to have, so it was not at all surprising that he found her attractive in that sense. initially. >> and what is your understanding as to when this started? it's very crucial for viewers who aren't aware, whether it was before or after he was at the ci ark. before, it's against the law in the military for him to have had an affair. at the cia, it would be different. >> that's true. that may be one reason why some of his friends are so adamant that it was after. i do know that there were a lot of people in kabul who were kind of disturbed at the kind of access that she was getting. and how she was traveling around with him a lot. going on early morning jogs with him a lot. being brought into meetings that, listen, petraeus got along with reporters. he liked cultivating reporters. >> he did with all of us. how quick ly he would respond t e-mails. >> first, he liked them, i guess, but then he saw it as information operations. this was to get the message out. but she was being treated on a level a little bit different. >> and eli, what is your understanding as to the security risk? because that's the big question here about this fbi investigation and we were talking about how the university of denver, she was recently speaking about how there could have been libyans held prisoner in benghazi relating to the benghazi attacks. if true, could have been classified inappropriate and a violation. what's your understanding as to what she might have known? >> the cia denies that claim, but the rest of that speech, she does speak as if she is almost speaking for david petraeus. and at times, kind of acting as a government official would, confirming things that were in press reports, discussing sensitive details. at the end of her answer on benghazi, she says as a former official, i'm saddened to see so many sources and methods disclosed in that sense, so one thing that always happens when you're looking at an investigation after something like this, there is a process to determine whether any information was inappropriately disclosed and if there were lots of conversations with paula broadwell, she may have had the clearances to hear that, but if she shares that makes, that would present a lot of problems. >> in terms of when this started, you write about an incident at a wedding. >> it seems that at a wedding of some prominent aides to petraeus, there was some concern i should say also former aide to petraeus and people sort of in that circle. there was some concern about the propriety of their relationship. there was some concern about some seeming closeness between the two of them. yet it's difficult to find people who thought this was in fact something more than what it appeared like. the close mentoring relationship that fred described and as eli is talking about, an absolutely crucial question going forward is what information even if she's acting like an unofficial conduit for petraeus, who whom she mentioned can't speak publicly as head of the cia, might have been passed to her. at what point do people involved in this investigation as we found have since gone to congress and been motivated with that concern. >> so many questions and these are the three reporters answering so many of them. next, flood waters take over venice. tonight, the majority of the italian city is under water. today, i spent the day on the rockaways, a neighborhood in queens where half the people live under poverty and have been pipeded out by the storm. >> we need help. let's say you want to get ahead in your career. how do you get from here... to here? 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fbi officials reportedly knew for months about the affair. the president wasn't told neither were congressional leaders, until after election day. we're trying to look for answers tonight. peter king is, too. he'll be joining us. we'll also speak with general petraeus' spokesman in iraq. also ahead, a full two weeks after superstorm sandy levelled part of the east coast, there are still 60,000 people without power in new york. they've spent the last 14 days with no electricity, no heat. some without phone service. pretty unthinkable. one group that opened its doors, st. john's episcopal in the rockaways. they may now be out millions of dollars for doing the right thing and of course, we remember veterans day tonight. >> thank you very much. our fifth story, still in the dark. as flights come in from around the world from people going to manhattan to jfk, they fly over where we were today, landing in the dark. a community desperate for help. >> milk, juices, cookies. there will always be a clothes drive. >> each day, the line outside the thriftway in far rockaway forms early. >> there are elderly who cannot leave their homes. if you can get one to them, i would appreciate it. >> people here wait for hours. not for gas, but for food, water and clothing. a wait that can sometimes be in vain. >> we've been out here for going on three hours now, waiting for this truck that's supposed to have been coming here today at 11:00.120,000 people, the rockaway peninsula is struggling as thousands are still without power, including stores, restaurants and banks. for those who live in a high-rise like this one, they have to walk up 20 flights of stairs. more than half the population lives below the poverty line here and most are just trying to get by. 17-year-old william sampson waited more than three hours with his grandmother to get food for seven people. >> what are things you wish were different right now? >> i wish for everybody to come together, help each other out, bring supplies you're not needing to give to other people, help the disabled, help the elderly, just help anybody. come out and help. >> with no power, it isn't safe to go out after dark but william says even the gangs have called a truce. >> they all called a truce. they are all actually helping out other people because there's nothing bad you can do in a storm right now. it's already bad as is, so might as well just call a truce, come together, help out. >> alene comes here five days a week to get supplies for her grandchildren, all in wheelchairs with muscular dystrophy. >> my grandkids haven't been home yet because they're all in wheelchairs and they can't come home because we have no lights. since the storm. we have no one to help us. >> the task is daunting. many small groups are cobbling together help, like this medical truck from kansas. people like nia garson is here to help distribute up to 10,000 meals a day donated by a local food company and the red cross. her energy seems bottomless and she has a reason. >> you never know. it could always be you. you know? you just give back. it could be anybody. >> the people in the rockaway peninsula are a close-knit community. local churches are really central to the communities there. many churches were destroyed like st. john's baptist church and it's hard because of the separation of church and state. fema isn't allowed to help the churches and they're the bedrock of where people are turning for help. congressman gregory meeks was baptized at that church and i asked him and pastor j.d. williams how long it's going to take the community to recover. >> it's going to be a long time. this is a symbol of what it is. we are here at st. john's baptist church and it's going to take this church, which is an institution in the community, a long time to get itself back on its feet. it was devastated by this storm. you just look inside and you'll see complete destruction. it's going to take months upon months upon months to get it back together again. >> pastor, this is the largest church here on the peninsula. >> on the peninsula. and we have 15 employees, we did. we have a day care, ministry. the church is open seven days a week doing the weekdays from monday to friday from 6:00 until 6:00, and now these employees of our church are without a job. the bottom has been completely destroyed. six feet of water destroyed -- >> this bus, right, this is your bus. went all the way up into the actual bus? >> the van, the air condition system is gone. the boiler system is gone. everything that's in the church on the lower level was under six feet of water. >> so how are you going to get that back? how doou get that back? you don't have a wealthy congregation. >> well, we don't. i'm appealing to the ministers in our state convention and in our association. we are asking our congregation to go out and ask people for donations to restore our day care so that we can at some time in the future have the day care back in session again. >> what will you do then? >> a couple days, a mother came by the church. she wanted food. we had food here and supplies, and she said pastor, can i just lay on the floor. i have a roof over my head. i said well, it's cold here. she said but i don't have a home and that really touched me, and this is not just an isolated case. these are people like that that are desperate. >> if you had to say what you need the most to have it not feel abandoned, not feel overlooked. what do you need? >> right now, we don't need any more food or water, per se. that's an abundant flow. we need now people to come in the community disaster relief people to give directions. we need someone to find our parisionors. we need finances for the people. if there's jobs available for cleanup, we need to know where that is so we can direct some of the people in the neighborhood to these areas where they may possibly get some temporary employment. we need help. >> next, a young man i met with a plan. three. my credit card rewards are easy to remember. with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 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[ forsythe ] if i wouldn't put it on my table at home, i wouldn't bring it in. my name's jon forsythe, and i sea food differently. >>> in the hard-hit area of the rockaways we met william sampson. he's 17 and was helping his grandmother get supplies. during our conversation he talked a lot about the gangs that have taken ahold of his community and i asked him if he joined one. >> i'm in no gang. i'm a good boy. >> he has a good plan and we discussed that plan today. >> i'm planning to go in the marines first for computer analysis but yeah, after the military, i do my 20 years, i'm going straight into itt tech for more advanced computer technology. >> you're planning for the military and what's after the military. >> yeah. >> what
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be, in your proposal, the one paul ryan decided not to back, the one barack obama decided not to back, you had an increase in the federal gasoline tax. caps on mortgage interest. charitable donations and retirement contributions. these were all tough choices you made. you also increased the eligibility age for medicare and social security. reduced benefits for wealthier seniors. some of those things i've heard democrats and republicans say they agree on, others they loathe them. is there anything that should be untouchable? >> the problems are real, no easy way out. we've got to come up with at least $4 trillion of deficit reduction and that's not the maximum amount we need to do is not even the ideal amount. it's the minimum amount we need to reduce the deficit in order to stabilize the debt and get it on the path to stabilizing the gdp. >> it's interesting you say it that way. it's not the maximum, barely the minimum. bill gross from pimco says 16 trillion, which is not to be negative, but just to say people who think your plan is tough, it's getting us started on this path. it's no
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only was it bad politics, it was bad analysis. >> paul ryan, the republican vice presidential running mate also speaking out. i'm going to play a clip of what he told one of our local milwaukee tv affiliates. >> when we saw the kind of turnout that was occurring in urban areas which were really fairly unprecedented, it did come as a bit of a shock. those are the tough kind of losses to have, the ones that catch you by surprise. >> unprecedented turnout in urban areas. is that another way of saying what romney said? >> it's a different version. and of course paul ryan in his speeches often made the argument about makers versus takers and whether there's a tipping point in effect where the people dependent on government outvote those who pay taxes. look, republicans face a choice here. mitt romney as i said just kind of maxed out on white voters and still lost 332 electoral college votes. the overwhelming evidence, wolf, is that unless they expand thei width, they're facing kind of a hill. democrats won the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. it's not a coincide
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losing the election, but his running mate paul ryan has broken his silence. in an interview with our affiliate witi, ryan says he has no regrets with the campaign that he ran with governor romney. >> i'm grateful for the opportunity. it was an honor to serve with mitt romney on the ticket. it was a great experience we will cherish. we didn't win the election. didn't go our way. i congratulate the president. he won fair and square. now we got to find a way to make divided government work. >> coming up, a bizarre investigation playing out in belize. an american who pioneered the anti-virus software mcafee at the center of this investigation. he's in hiding and waiting. and wanted for questioning. up next, a reporter who just spoke with him, he'll tell us about that conversation and this story. it is developing. stay with us. [ man ] in hong kong, on my way to the board meeting... anne's tablet called my phone. anne's tablet was chatting with a tablet in sydney... a desktop in zurich... and a telepresence room in brazil. the secure cloud helped us get some numbers from my assistant'
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, paul ryan. >> stamped with three proud words, made in the u.s.a. >> comedian david alan grier joins us this morning. there were funny moments, drowned out by negativity. what do you think, as you look back? >> there were a lot of funny moments. i like the republican debates, in particular. it's not like i have a pocketful of jokes, but i talk a lot about president obama. he looked tired in the first debate because he actually has a job. like he's running stuff. and then i think well, maybe he already knows their strategy, their ground game, that the election is already over. he's going to take ohio and florida won't even be a question. maybe that's why he was so relaxed. >> do comedians look at things like a presidential election in regards of where they stand ideologically, boy if so-and-so is elected this will be much better for me? because this person is funny? would romney have been a better candidate funnywise? >> yeah. barack obama is so cool and calm and reserved. you know, he's not going to have that crazy moment. i was of two minds. i voted for barack obama, but my comic fu
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